The Rover Vigil

The Rover Squire will quietly think out what is going on in their lives

Adapted by Liam Morland, 1996

The Rover Squire, with the aid of the Questions drawn up by Lord Baden Powell, will quietly think out what is going on in their lives.

Note: The Vigil should only be read by Knighted Rovers and those Squires who have completed all other requirements for Knighthood. The Vigil is more effective and special if it is kept mostly secret.

The Vigil comes at the end of the period of Squireship. Potential Rovers should not be invested until they are quite sure that they are honestly ready. They should think carefully before taking this important step and should not commit themselves to serious promises or principles until they are resolved to do their best to keep them.

As one grows older, time passes more and more quickly. Comparatively speaking, human life only last for a short time and is soon gone. Squires should ask themselves these questions:

We don't get paid or rewarded for doing Service. It is the fact that we receive no recompense for this Service that makes us free in doing it. We are not working for an employer, but for God and our own conscience.

The Rover section of Scouting is described as a brotherhood of Service. If we join Rovering, we will get the opportunity of training for, and of doing Service in many ways that would not have been open to is otherwise. Service is not only for spare time, We must be on the lookout for opportunities of serving constantly. Squires should ask themselves the following questions:

As the success of our Service will depend to a great extent on our personal character, we must discipline ourselves in order that we may be a good influence on others. Squires should ask themselves the following questions:

May God give me strength to go forward hence forth a complete person, a true citizen, and a credit to my country and to Scouting.